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Polyester: A Cooler Choice for Flame-resistant Apparel?
(Friday, April 18, 2014) New technology makes FR garments more comfortable without sacrificing safety, according to developer.

As Opposition Grows, China Defends Plans for Petrochemical Plants
(Friday, April 18, 2014) China launches an intense media campaign to defend the safety of producing a chemical used to make polyester fibre, as public opposition to new petrochemical plants threatens to disrupt expansion plans by state energy giants such as Sinopec Corp.

Argentina's YPF Tenders To Buy Two 50,000 MT Cargoes Of Fuel Oil For June
(Thursday, April 17, 2014) YPF launches its second fuel oil tender in April, this time to buy two 50,000 metric ton cargoes.

EU Urges Germany to Add Polymer Industry to Carbon Market
(Wednesday, April 16, 2014) The European Commission urged Germany to take urgent steps to regulate polymer producers under the bloc's Emissions Trading System or face being sued under the breach of EU law.

EU Seeks To Cut Plastic Bag Use By 80 Percent By 2017
(Wednesday, April 16, 2014) The European Parliament passed a directive on Wednesday aimed at cutting the use of thin single-use plastic carrier bags by 50 percent by 2017 and 80 percent two years later.

CB&I Snags China Iso-butane Unit Project
(Tuesday, April 15, 2014) CB&I Tuesday announced it has been awarded a contract by Shandong Chengtai Chemical Industry Co. for the license and engineering design of a grassroots iso-butane dehydrogenation unit.

Brazil's Odebrecht, Braskem to Operate US Petrochemical Project
(Friday, April 11, 2014) Brazil's Braskem and Odebrecht play leading roles in upcoming petrochemical hubs in West Virginia and Mexico.

German Chemical Giant BASF Backs Russian Gas, South Stream
(Thursday, April 10, 2014) The world's largest chemical company on Thursday threw its weight behind Russia's South Stream pipeline project to carry natural gas to Europe while bypassing Ukraine and called Gazprom a reliable supplier.

Petronas Chemicals, BASF Agree On $462 Mln Investment In Malaysia
(Wednesday, April 09, 2014) Petronas Chemicals Group Bhd and BASF Nederland BV have agreed to invest 1.5 billion ringgit ($462.82 million) in an aroma ingredients complex in the central state of Pahang, according to a local stock exchange filing.

Germany Ushers In Renewable Energy Reform
(Tuesday, April 08, 2014) Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet approved on Tuesday a reform of Germany's renewable energy law designed to curb a rise in the cost of electricity in Europe's biggest economy driven by the rapid expansion of green power.

Foster Wheeler, Eni Renew Frame Agreement
(Monday, April 07, 2014) Under the deal, Foster Wheeler provides basic design and front-end engineering design for downstream, upstream, power and petrochemical projects worldwide undertaken by five ENI business units.

Malaysia's Petronas to Proceed with $16Bln Refinery & Petrochemical Project
(Thursday, April 03, 2014) Petronas' board has given the green light for a $16 billion refinery and petrochemical integrated development, the company said Thursday.

China City Acknowledges Protesters Hurt in Rally Against Chemical Plant
(Thursday, April 03, 2014) Officials in a southern Chinese city acknowledged on Thursday that 15 people were hurt "accidentally" at a mass protest against a chemical plant, days after police made no mention of injuries in a case that has incensed many Chinese.

Chevron Phillips Breaks Ground on Cedar Bayou Ethane Cracker
(Thursday, April 03, 2014) Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP (Chevron Phillips Chemical) held a groundbreaking ceremony for its U.S. Gulf Coast (USGC) Petrochemicals Project at the Cedar Bayou plant in Baytown, Texas.

China City Hit By Protest Over Chemical Plant Vows to Talk to Citizens
(Wednesday, April 02, 2014) Authorities in a protest-stricken city in southern China have promised to communicate better with citizens battling plans for a chemical plant, after protestors complained that violence by law enforcement killed several and injured dozens.

Linde to Build Ethane Cracking Units for Shell Worldwide
(Monday, March 31, 2014) The Linde Group announced Monday that it has entered into a 10-year enterprise framework agreement with Shell Global Solutions International B.V. to build ethane cracking units o a global basis.

CB&I Wins Contract for Oman Plastics Project
(Monday, March 31, 2014) CB&I's project scope includes FEED services for a grassroots 800 ktpa ethylene plant, pygas unit, MTBE and butene-1 unit, two polymer plants, a gas plant and pipeline as well as the related off-sites and utilities.

Reliance to Keep Supplying Gas to Indian Fertiliser Firms -Govt
(Monday, March 31, 2014) Reliance Industries has agreed to temporarily supply gas to India's fertzilier plants at current prices, although the two sides have failed to sign new deals, the top official in the fertilizer ministry said.

Poland's Synthos Plans Synthetic Rubber Plant In Brazil
(Monday, March 31, 2014) Polish chemicals maker Synthos is planning a synthetic rubber plant in Brazil, based on Michelin technology, that would use raw materials supplied by Braskem, Synthos said.

Germany to Exempt More of Industry from Renewable Surcharge -Draft Law
(Monday, March 31, 2014) Germany plans to exempt existing power plants operated by firms making their own electricity from a surcharge to support renewable energy, a draft law seen by Reuters showed on Monday.




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